Weekends are spent here, by this fire, filled with warmth and laughter (and sometimes toasted marshmallows). This room was what sold the house to us… The previous owners showed us around and filled our heads with this vignette of cosy family life and whilst we’ve changed the superficialities of the space, the bones remain the same and this roaring fire the centre. We knocked out the shelves on the left to open up the space for a huge log pile and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
It got me thinking about what makes a happy family home and I kept coming back to warmth. Warmth in both the emotional and literal sense. Metaphorically, warm smiles and warm hugs and warm hearts. Literally, warm toes and warm hands and warm hearts.
I cannot fathom not having that warmth with the strike of a match or with the flick of a switch…
Today, at least 4 million households are living in fuel poverty across the UK with many forced to choose whether to ‘heat or eat’. I have teamed up with Our Power, a green, non-profit energy company, to share the launch of their +Impact tariff because for every home that switches to +Impact, Our Power will help a fuel-poor household heat their home for an extra 54 days and that could be life changing; statistics from the Energy and Utility Alliance show that each year cold homes kill over four times the amount of people as rail and road accidents. Our Power aims to reduce heat and fuel costs by passing benefits from the energy sector to our communities. They do not pay dividends to shareholders, find the most efficient ways to operate, generate their own power and reinvest any profits to benefit customers and their communities. As well as being cheaper than most Big 6 tariffs, +Impact’s electricity is also super green – they know exactly which renewable energy sources the power is coming from and, where possible, buy from community-owned energy schemes and renewable sources in the UK.
Every year when my energy renewal is due, I plug my meter readings into one of those comparison sites and am faced with an incomprehensible table of options… all making big claims. If you’re the same, consider making the switch to Our Power’s +Impact – yes, the rates are good but the ethics are even better.
I truly cannot imagine my home without warmth and hope that is something we never have to face (especially with this year’s cold winter – two feet of snow in March, hello) because homes should be filled with warmth in every sense don’t you think?
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